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Cardboard Costume Challenge 2014

Although it’s already Mid November, I just wanted to say thanks again to all of you who took the Cardboard Costume Challenge this year.

Whether you sent in pictures or just got thinking about the idea for the future, thanks for following us on this year’s Halloween adventure. I had so much fun working on our insect family costumes as well as the other costume tutorials.

I hope to see you again next year, and please visit the Pinterest Board now and then as you start scheming and dreaming for 2014. (I already have a request for a Humback Whale costume from the littlest one and a year might be just enough time to figure it out!)

Blue Butterfly Wings

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Amber
Little Blue Butterfly, 2013
Found cardboard and paper, melon and apple cartons, paper cord, watercolor, pastel chalk, white glue

part of the series:

“Insect Family”

(Inspired by this butterfly puppet by Octodrone that my daughter fell in love with.)

Cardboard Lightning Bug

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Pete
Lightning Bug, 2013 (commonly mistaken for cockroach)
Found cardboard and paper, steel nuts & bolts, watercolor, white glue

part of the series:

“Insect Family”

Stay tuned for more winged cardboard creatures…..

More Cardboard Costume Challengers

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Cardboard Players Photo by Janet Chiang

Cardboard Players Photo by Janet Chiang

Where the wild things are cardboard mask by Tara Middleton

Where the Wild Things Are cardboard mask by (my incredible sister) Tara Middleton

Wall E by Jennifer Kent

Wall E costume by Jennifer Kent

A few spectacular cardboard costumes sent in, and don’t forget to check out the Flickr pool if you haven’t already!

 

Cardboard Grasshopper Costume

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Amber
Rainbow Locust, 2013
Found cardboard, melon cartons, watercolor, chalk pastel, white glue

Welcome!

…..to a tiny cardboard costume exhibition of our costumes called:

“Insect Family”

Stay tuned for more winged cardboard creatures…..


Send Your Photos!

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Happy Halloween

Did you make your costume out of cardboard this Halloween? Were you excited and proud?

I’d love to publish your photos here on the blog or link to them, etc. so we can broadcast your cardboard creativity to the entire world!

Please email your photos to thecardboardcollectiveblog@gmail.com with permission to post or upload to the Cardboard Costume Flickr board HERE.

Cardboard robots always welcome…….

 

How to Start a Cardboard Knight (or grasshopper) Costume

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Cardboard Grasshopper Costume by Amber

How to Start a Cardboard Knight Costume Costume by Amber cardboard costumes tutorial by Amber

In case you are just starting your costume, (like me) I wanted to show you that you can still get started with a cool cardboard costume and finish before Halloween (you will have to hustle). Although I’m going as a grasshopper, most elements are the same, I’ll just be dealing with extra legs and antennae…

Just start with long cardboard strips, (mine are a rulers width), and drape them over the shoulders attaching horizontal strips as needed.

You can build a structure pretty quickly on which to start gluing cardboard skirt pieces and armor layers.

The rounded layers on the shoulders above are made by tracing a variety of bowls and plates, cutting them in half, then folding them and gluing them into place.

Really, it’s not about the cardboard though, is it? It’s about trying something new that you have never done before….it can make you sheepish. Well, I’m here to say: You can do this!

My inspiration: these incredible costumes from last year’s challenge:

Archery Knight by Rachel and Tom Morgan

Archery Knight by Rachel and Tom Morgan

Cardboard Knight Costume by wrnking via Flickr

Cardboard Knight Costume by Warren King wrnking via Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/65078346@N00/sets/72157632154460282/

More Inspiration:

A Great Cardboard Helmet Tutorial via Instructables

A Great Cardboard Armor Tutorial via Instructables